Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 121

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Announcement

Bradley: Okay. We're live. Hey, everybody this is Bradley Benner with Semantic Mastery. This is Hump Day Hangouts for March 1st, 2017. I believe this is episode 121. Wow. We've got Marco and Chris on right now. Adam is having some power issues, plus he's going to be muted when he joins today anyways because of construction going on in his house. You're stuck with me today guys. What's up Marco and Chris? How are you guys doing?

Marco: What's up guys?

Chris: I'm good.

Bradley: Good. Marco, I think you had a few announcements correct?

Marco: Yeah. Well, number on Video Powerhouse is live. After all this work all this time it's up. It's running. Everything is running really smooth. We had a few hiccups here and there which is why we didn't want to let everyone in all at once. We wanted to take care of all of these little issues that usually pop up. If you guys haven't been in there already, if you're on the list, if you didn't get the email or whatever, there were internet issues yesterday that were beyond our control. It's fixed for the most part. Go in there. Check it out. The power of iframes which is all of video embed is an iframe provided by YouTube. Why not take advantage of it? Along those lines I will be doing a webinar on …

I don't have the time yet, but it will be Monday March 13th. It will be open to anyone. It will be a public webinar. It'll be a especially useful for people who are in Video Powerhouse. Maps Powerhouse should be … All of the little techno things that we're tweaking should be done by then. I did a webinar last year and this is like building on that foundation. It's just explaining why it's so powerful, explaining what Google is seeing through iframes. It's just things that other people will not talk about, that other people charge thousands for dollars for also. I'm going to give it to you for free. Come in. As soon as it goes live, check it out. It's always limited. We can have 2,000 people on the webinar.

When it goes, make sure you go in and you register and you get ready for something that's going to be what I feel is some really powerful information that you can put to use right now. Another thing that I wanted to mention is as I mentioned to you guys yesterday, I'll be going in for back surgery in the next couple of months. Sitting around too long. I'm not supposed to do that. I have to go get that taken care of so I'll be away for awhile. I don't know how active I'll be. Even along those lines I don't know how much activity I'm going to be having on the internet coming up. I'm 53 years old dude. It's getting about time to put Marco out to pasture.

Bradley: She ain't what she used to be, huh?

Marco: Oh, dude no, not anymore. The body doesn't do what the mind says do anymore. Mind is still great. The body isn't so good. I'm thinking of putting a group together, a group of people where I'm just going to give them what's inside my head. I'm going to be sharing my knowledge. I don't know how it's going to be done. I'm just putting it out there. I don't know. We'll figure it out. Anyone that wants to learn what's in my head and how I do the shit that I do, how I come up with all of this crap that's inside my head, I am going to be willing to share it. Before I go on, I don't want to go with all of this stuff that I have inside my head because it'll be a waste, right? It's just a way to …

Let's get some people who really know their stuff, who want to know more and who want to just knock the shit out of Google because you know what I say man. I love saying it, but I'll keep it to myself. You know how I feel about that. I think that's what I have.

Bradley: Are we going to try to do that webinar on Monday the 13th I think you said it was?

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Marco: Yes, I don't know the time yet.

Bradley: Okay. We'll have the time and everything set up for next week Wednesday guys and we'll make sure that we post the link during next Hump Day Hangouts for people to sign up. Plus you will probably email it out and shoot it out through social media and all that kind of stuff as well.

Marco: Yeah, absolutely.

Bradley: When Marco says he's willing to give away the farm, that means be there. Clear your schedule. With that said, what other announcements do we have? Anything?

Chris: Something about the course that you can pick up if you pick up Video Powerhouse?

Bradley: Oh, yeah. There's a video prospecting or Vmail prospecting, video email prospecting course. Guys, we've talked about this on Hump Day Hangouts on several different occasions and I had an old course that I had put together years ago like literally I think back in 2012. It's five years ago. That was dated and it was for another company when I was doing branding services with two ladies for realtors. Anyways, I updated it recently for the Video Powerhouse launch and you can purchase that inside of Video Powerhouse right now at a discount. It's been updated like I said just I think two weeks ago. Yeah, two weeks ago is when I recorded it and updated it.

I think after the launch I'm actually going to go back into the course and beef it up a little bit more and even give some real world examples instead of like just being training. I'm going to do some case study essentially type training videos after the launch is over because we'll probably raise the price on that Vmail prospecting course as well. It's a really good course. We've had a lot of good comments on it already. You guys can get the free version that is dated if you go to BradleyBenner.com/Vmail, but again the updated version which has some new things in there that weren't in the original, that you can get through Video Powerhouse currently.

Then again once the launch is over, within the few weeks I'm probably going to go back in and add some additional training to it to show some examples of like what a prospecting video would look like and that kind of stuff. I highly recommend that you check it out because any of you that are doing client work, I know the worst part for me for client work was to initiate the conversation. I hated cold contacting. I absolutely hated cold contacting. I found a way to use video based emails to get through to the business owners in a unique way and that usually would generate or at least initiate a conversation. I would get as much as three or four out of every 10 emails that I would send out. I would get a response back from three or four of the people that I would send it to.

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I typically tend up closing about 60 to 80% of them. I would get between two to three closes out of four. If four people responded, I would get two or three people closed into some sort of job whether it was SEO or social media or an IFTTT network or whatever. I highly recommended that you check it out if you're doing client work. If you hate cold contacting which is what I hated more than anything, then that's a good course for you. Do we have anything else or can we get into questions?

Marco: Let's get to it.

Bradley: Adam is muted, but Adam showed up. Hey, Adam. All right guys. I'm going to take the screen and we've got some good questions already. Give me one moment. You guys tell me when you can hear me again. Hello? Can you guys hear me?

Marco: Yup.

Best Approach For Ranking Videos And Links In A Campaign

Bradley: There is some odd delay with this jam session room whatever when we take the screen. All right. Wayne and all his memes. Thanks, Wayne. We certainly appreciate it. Love laughing at these, but we had a question. I guess for whatever reason the comments were closed on the event page for a couple of days. Jay Mystery was wise enough to post a comment on the photo. He found a way. Where there's a will, there's a way. Here's the question from Jay. He says, “Hi, guys. I have a question about ranking videos and links. I've seen a strategy where you can create say 300 unique videos, optimize them and create a playlist. In the description of each video there is a link to the previous video and unique Google shortened link.” G+ link has 404. I don't know what you're talking about Chris.

Sorry. That should be the link. I'll click on it and see what happens. Works for me. Not sure what you're talking about Chris. Anyways, all right. “Optimize them and create a playlist and in the description of each video there is a link to the previous video and unique Google shortened link all pointing to a Google Doc. In the Doc there is one anchor text link pointing to a website. Five videos are uploaded each day until the end of the campaign. In your opinion, would this be a good strategy to increase the rankings for a website and also could this be used to point the link in the Doc to a video playlist to rank videos?” I'm going to let Marco answer that, but it sounds like a sound strategy. What do you got to say about it Marco?

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Marco: We're using something very similar to this or I've used it. If you can create 300 unique videos, good luck. It's a massive undertaking especially … If you're going to do it, make sure that you do videos that are going to convert, not just spam videos.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: Make this worth your while if you're going to put in this much time, thought and energy into something. Because the real benefit is going to come from all the traffic and everything … All of the benefits are from YouTube because you're doing everything in there. The description in each video is a siloing method that we teach in the YouTube Silo Academy, isn't it?

Bradley: Yup.

Marco: I forget which one.

Bradley: That's it.

Marco: It's exactly what we teach. You put a link to the next one in the description and then yeah. Using Drive guys, that's what RYS Academy is all about. That's the foundation. That's where we do all our dirty work. You're going in there in the belly of the beast. You're protecting yourself and then you're feeding off of Google's narcism where Google of course is going to give preference to its videos, to its files and folders and to its users. They say they don't, but that's bullshit. We know they do. Whether it ends up increasing the ranking of the website, I'm not sure. You'll have to test. Maybe the pages where the videos … If you embed the videos in individual pages, if you decide to embed the … I'm not going to go there.

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I'm not going to give away everything. Of course, these become perfect spam points. These become perfect spam points back towards a video channel, video playlist and the videos themselves. This looks really, really good. Anytime you use Drive, it's a sound strategy.

Bradley: I want to agree or cosign what Marco just said about videos that convert guys. The days of just using pure spam videos for traffic generation or for conversions especially are pretty much gone. You can still spam to kind of test things, but they don't convert or the conversion rates are terrible compared to videos that are done correctly. It's because people become conditioned to not react to spam, right? To ignore spam. You got to think about typical internet users. Not us. We're marketers, right? We're so called experts. The typical internet user, they're becoming more sophisticated or more savvy. The kind of stuff that we could do three years ago and still generate good results with is not working so much anymore.

I'm not talking about like SEO tactics. They still may work just as well or better or whatever. I'm talking about what your intended goal is. Whatever your conversion goal is, unless you've got a compelling message now with a decent quality video, then a lot of the times people are going to ignore that shit and go right to the next video. The next link in mind which could be a video, another Google listing, whatever, my point is is a lot of people will immediately ignore spam. Now of course, that's not always the case. It's a lot more common now for that to happen. I take the time now to really make sure that I work on creating videos that are much higher quality.

In fact, we've got a Masterclass webinar following today, the Hump Day Hangouts, to make up for last week since we didn't have Masterclass last week. Adam and I were in Dallas for the Click Funnels event. I'm doing a YouTube case study. That's what I'm going to be showing today and announcing that. I'm creating and it's using the YouTube silo method and SERP Space in Video Powerhouse. It's pretty much the two primary methods I'm going to be using for ranking these videos in this case study. Every single one of the videos in the silos that I'm creating are going to be like high production value videos. In other words, videos that I've actually … They're not spam. It's not like taking one video and just changing the file type.

I'm actually recording different videos for all these different keywords in the silo that I'm building out. Yes, it takes more time, but my point is I would rather do it right the first time and have it not only get the videos ranked, but have them convert so that my work is done unless you're doing it specifically for testing purpose. I'm not even testing this niche because it's a niche that I'm in already for one of my projects that I'm working on. I'm not even testing it. I'm just going out and it's pretty competitive for some of the … I mean it's very competitive for some of the keywords I'm going after, but that's why I'm using the silo method.

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I'm recording all these good videos and it's going to take me several weeks to complete this project because everyone of those videos are going to be genuine videos, like original unique videos. Not just like file type or encoding unique, I'm talking about like a new script for every video. That kind of stuff. It's going to take a lot of time, but it's going to … Provided that I can rank it which I'm quite sure … Rank many of the keywords which I'm quite sure that I can. They should convert well. They should produce a lot of traffic to the project that I'm pursuing right now. My point is guys, take your time. Go through.

If you want to test with spam, that's great. Do it, because then you can identify the low hanging fruit that you can rank for quickly and easily, but then go out and create or have videos created that are going to convert with a more compelling message and also just aren't spammy, right? Then go back and target those keywords that you've already identified through testing. That's my point is that you'll get a lot more … I don't like rework and I don't know who does. I guess the [inaudible 00:16:11] guys do, but I particularly don't like to do stuff just to find out that they're not converting and I have to redo it or that I get my channel terminated because it was spam. Does that make sense? All right. Cool. That was a great question Jay and thanks for helping Marco.

First Page Domination Technique

We're going to move on to the next one. Scott's up. This is his question. “There was a first page domination technique where you point lots of GSA links to a high domain authority social media property like Facebook or FourSquare, et cetera, to rank for a targeted keyword. Does this technique still work? If no, what can I do to achieve this result? Thanks, Scott.” Well, Scott, I mean it depends. Sometimes you can still do that. It's not as easy as it used to be. Two, three years ago yeah, you could do that. I mean it was like clockwork. You could just take a high domain authority.

It varies by the way guys for keywords. What I would suggest that you do is whatever kind of keyword it is that you're trying to rank for is go search in Google for that keyword and related or very, very similar, closely related, what Google would call close variants, and just do a survey of the top two pages. Page one and two of Google results and take a look and see what kind of Web 2 or citation type properties are ranking. You should see a few of them that are common across all the search terms that you're looking at, right? Those are going to be the ones that you're going to have the best or most likely be able to rank using a method like that.

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Now I haven't done any pure spam ranking on anything like that in probably a year or a year and a half, so I'm not 100% sure if that still works. I can assume that it doesn't work as well as it used to, but I guess … Marco, you've been testing with a lot of different link types right now. What are your experience with that right now?

Marco: Let's see. Just last week we hammered something with a million GSA links. Just a couple. It shot it to number one. We're talking about a very competitive term in a very competitive niche in a metropolitan area with … I think it's over a million people in that area. I'm not going to say where because I don't want anyone going out looking and trying to reverse engineering what I'm doing and then taking credit for it. I have a master chemist. I have the mad doctor Gary Kerwin and then I have someone else that's just an awesome spammer. We're all getting together Wednesdays and Saturdays and this is why my back is the way it is because I'm spending just way too much time in the lab trying to just mess with Google, but it works if you set it up the right way.

Bradley: That was my question. That was kind of what I was getting at. Now I know what we're doing with Google properties, but what about other Web 2 properties? Have you tested any of those recently?

Marco: Yes, we are. In fact, we're in many where you get a no follow link by default. Well, we can get do follow links out of them. That's coming guys. I told you. I'm in the lab. Look for it August of this year. The way that I'm going to celebrate the two year anniversary of the original release of RYS Academy is by coming up with something better if that's possible. I went in the lab with that in mind, making something better than RYS which is by far the best ranking course there is right now. You can go in. If you go in and you follow the trending to the letter and you apply it, you will rank period. Anyone who doesn't feel like putting in the time, don't bother giving me your money.

I'll gladly take your money, but then you're going to be angry that you spent all that money and didn't get results and then it turns out that you didn't what you were supposed to do.

Bradley: Yeah, like the Facebook group comments is, “I'm not getting results.” Then we go look at it and well, that's why. You didn't follow the instructions. Scott says, “Where you point lots of GSA links.” Scott, there's your answer. Yes, it works as long as lots equals 1 million or some ungodly amount of links like that. Very cool. Again I do recommend those Scott. Seriously go look at … You just listed Facebook or FourSquare. I understand those are just examples, but take a look at the keywords that you're actually … The niche that you're playing. Look in the neighborhood that you're playing in and take a look at what the properties. You should be able to determine a handful of properties that consistently appear on page one or two for close variant keywords in that particular industry.

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Using A Drive Stack In The Same Drive Account That's Running The Network For A Branded IFTTT Property

Those are going to be your best bets, okay? Martin's up. He says, “Howdy guys. First up, keep up the good work. Loving this stuff.” I'll plus one that. “A few questions if you don't mind. Number one, I have a branded IFTTT network.” Guys, I think we're going to start calling them syndication networks. If you didn't notice, we rebranded everything and there was a reason for that. I'm going to read it to cover our ass. “I have a branded syndication network for a company. Is it okay to use a Drive stack in the same account Drive account that's running the network, but in a separate folder as a legitimate company would have this kept all in one Drive anyways?” Yeah, you could. Martin, you certainly can.

Here's the only reason why I recommend against doing that because if at some point Google decides that what the nasty stuff we do with Drive is … They don't like it anymore, then they could potentially levy a penalty against the company or the account owner, right? I don't know that that's the case, but I always try to reduce my exposure or eliminate my risk all together if possible. That's why I recommend … It doesn't take a lot to set up another Gmail account. You can create the Drive stack under the new Gmail account and then add your client, the business, the company, as a page manager or Drive manager or share the Drive folders with the original Gmail account.

Then that way they can still access those Drive folders and files from their account, but it's owned by a persona account. I recommend doing that because it covers your ass. In other words, if something were to happen down the road and Google says, “Anybody that's spamming Drives or using Drive for SEO purposes or whatever is now going to get smacked or slapped or whatever,” then it wouldn't affect the actual company account. It would affect the persona account because that's the Drive folder owner if that makes sense. That's what I recommend is always try to mitigate your risk as much as possible Martin. You certainly can do it the other way, but just know that there's a risk involved there if potentially Google decides that that's going to be an issue.

Additional Personas With IFTTT Networks That Share Content From A Branded T1

All right? “Number two, can staff members for the business essentially become additional personas for their own IFTTT network that shares the content from the branded tier 1 with other content from RSS mashing? The status contribute as the tier 1 branded network when the interlink process is done.” You can Martin. That's something that you actually can do because … In my opinion it would have to be a clear association between the other tier 1 networks with the company. In other words, it would have to be listed on all of the interlink properties and such. It would have to make a clear connection to the actual company. I certainly would recommend what you mentioned you would already do, adding additional content to those persona networks.

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I say persona networks because they're not actually branded networks, but they could be real people networks. They don't have to be fake persona networks. Yeah, that makes sense. As long as there's a clear connection to the actual business entity from the branded network and if you're what I recommend as absolutely publishing additional content to that, I don't recommend publishing other content to your tier 1 branded network. We advise against that because we want to keep that as like the golden frame, right? We want all of the content on the branded network to becoming specifically and directly from the money site and the money site alone, right? You can use curated content on the money site, but it's still being published from the money site.

On any sort of like person based supplementary networks or supplemental networks, then I would absolutely have additional content because that would be logical and natural. Think about it guys. Most people don't just share content from one source over and over and over again, right? Brands do it, yes, but people don't because people generally have interest in things other than just one company. They'll share content across their social media properties from various companies, various topics for that matter. It's content from other sources. That's what I recommend that you do. You seem like you've got a good handle on things already Martin, but yes, I can say that that's a good strategy. Okay? Just keep those things in mind.

Ranking A Video Optimized For A Single Keyword Branded Term

He says, “Cheers guys. P.S. going to be using your RSS masher affiliate link just to share some love.” I'd plus one it again, but I can't. Thanks Martin. Damon's up. Damon says, “So I have a single keyword branded term for a video used to rank for. A single keyword branded term a video used … Used to rank for. For years it completely dropped off, but the video still ranks for the branded term plus location or the branded plus apartments, et cetera. I added some video SEO mojo and the two plus word terms ranked higher. Added five high authority safe links and those keywords ranked even higher. Still not ranking for the single word term.” Single word terms. I don't think I've ever even tried to do that. That's got to be tough Damon.

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“Just purchased 20 expired high DA Tumblrs and daily I'm adding either embeds or images and anchor texts for the branded phrase. I also bought 22 SERP Space links in the real estate niche. Still not ranking for the main term. For years the main term was ranking and I need to get it to rank again. I am baffled as to what happened. My next steps are update the content, hasn't been updated in years, add a hashtag and the NAP and run a press release with the NAP in it and modify the video date.” I remember Chris I think noticed that old rankings of websites of the embeds were capturing old dates and tanking the rankings. Yeah, what Damon's talking about was doctor … I thought it was Gary. Yeah, I think it was Gary that …

Dr. Gary that actually was talking about that in the Mastermind. He did some testing on that. It wasn't until he and others reembeded the video with a new embed code or change the date that the rankings resumed. Testing everything. So far no bueno. Any recommendations? Hell no. Don't do that. The channel is well aged with plenty of videos too. No, I mean it sounds like everything you got going on Damon is sound.

My first go to thing now is if I've tried every SEO trick up my sleeve and I can't get a video to rank where I want it to, then the next thing that I always do and I know you're aware of this Damon is I set up ads, YouTube ads, and start driving traffic through there especially if it's a local keyword that you're targeting because you can set the geographic radius or targeting, right? Geotargeting. You can get clicks from local IPs and that has a huge effect on local video is getting clicks from local IPs. Here's the thing, if it's local which it sounds like it is, maybe it's not, but if it is local, then usually with YouTube ads you can go really broad with your targeting as far as topical or interest targeting.

I don't even use keyword targeting. I would just use interest based targeting, right? I do that specifically because I want more clicks from local IPs. That's all I'm really caring about. I don't care if the clicks are coming from relevant traffic sources or not at that point. I'm looking for clicks from local IPs. I'll set my interest target … I generally won't even use keyword targeting. I would just set radius targeting and then use interest targeting. You can use something like afinity audience targeting, but that's really, really broad and you'll get a shit ton of clicks very, very quickly so you'd have to set your budget fairly low for that. You can get more specific with interest based targeting.

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It ends up that it's somewhat relevant traffic as well as just locally relevant, geographically relevant which should help.

Marco: I'd like to ask him a question. I'd like to ask when he says that he bought 22 SERP Space links in the real estate niche, does he mean that he went into our Video Powerhouse embed network?

Bradley: He probably bought domains. I'm not sure, but he might have bought domains.

Marco: Because nowhere in here do I see that he's even tried the embed root.

Bradley: Well, he should.

Marco: Yeah. If he does go with … Sorry. While I'm thinking about this, if he does go with the press release which I saw that it's in his plans, try a press release service that will allow you to embed a video. You might have to pay a little bit more. You could use the term that you're looking for in the press release and you can mitigate the branded anchor text with everything else that you're doing to cushion it. I don't know if that make sense. Well, besides RYS Academy of course, I don't see how if it's local and you're not doing the map and the iframe stacking and all that stuff that you can do in RYS Academy, I don't see why not.

Bradley: That's the other thing Damon. Definitely again I said after all SEO tricks were used up. That includes definitely do a Drive stack for the video too because that's very, very powerful as well. Then you've got all those Drive files that you can just hammer and just push all the juice that you want to that one video through the Google files. Cool. Let's see. I think I get you Adam.

SSL Certificates For Websites

Justin's up. “Hey, guys. Justin here. Let's get right into this shit. Justin. SSL certificates. Should I always use one of my site?” I would say now if you're building a new site, yes.

For all sites going forward, I don't recommend going back and swapping or adding SSL certificates to sites that are already existing unless you're collecting sensitive data on the site in which case it's pretty much a requirement or a necessity now. For standard just opt-in or contact forms and that kind of stuff, I don't think it's necessary. I know they've been pushing it and it's becoming more and more. I'll be honest with you. It's a real pain in the ass switching old sites over to SSL. It can cause a whole bunch of problems and I always just end hiring somebody off of Upwork to handle all that shit for me because I don't want to do it. I've tried to do in the past and it's just a nightmare. It's a headache and I don't like dealing with it.

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All sites going forward guys, there is a lot of hosting providers now that will … As kind of like an incentive for you to come sign up will give you free SSL certificates. One of them that I'm using for one of the affiliate projects that I'm doing a lot of work on right now is WPX Hosting which was formerly Traffic Planet Hosting. Terry Kyle. It's his hosting service. It's more expensive than your average hosting service, but the servers are way better. He doesn't overload the IP blocks and you get free SSL certificates and at least there was a promotion. I don't know if it's still available. You get free Mac CND, content delivery network setup. Again I don't know. That was a promotion going on a couple months ago.

I don't know if that's still available, but he does offer free SSL certificates which is awesome and their support over there at WPX Hosting is amazing. Now typically I recommend using Liquid Web, but you have to have a VPS or a dedicated server. Now with Liquid Web they don't have shared hosting anymore. If you can afford it and if you're going to be doing a lot of client work, I recommend getting your own VPS because then you can charge your clients for hosting, right? You can make money off the hosting literally and have everything on a dedicated server or a VPS with your own dedicated IP and that kind of stuff. That I recommend doing if you're going to be doing a lot of it.

If you're looking just for like shared hosting and tried to keep your cost down, I still recommend going with a better host such as WPX Hosting. Again Terry Kyle's hosting solution. It's very, very good. I'm using it for one of my bigger projects that I'm working on right now and I'm really happy with their support and everything. You guys have any comments on that before I move to the second question?

Marco: No, I think that's perfect.

Best Starter Package For GSA/FCS Link Package From Serp Space If You Have Two Full 2-Tier Networks

Bradley: “Number two, If I have two full 2 tier networks, what would be the best starter packaged GSA, FCA or I guess it means FCS link package from SERP Space? I'd like to start with the smallest package, but I'm not sure which network ring or properties I submit to you guys.” I would go with a branded tier 1 network. That's always the standard operating procedure, right? That's what I would do. Once the networks are built and I get some seed content published, what I call seasoning the network, right? Two or three posts out from the money site or videos from the YouTube Channel, then I will go back and send it over to get links built.

If you're doing it all at once, like if you order the network and then … Apparently you've already got them, but if you're ordering a network and the upgrade for the link package, that's fine. What I recommend that you do is have some content ready so that when you get the delivered network, that you can go ahead and publish a few posts right away. That just helps in my opinion. I like to try to get a couple posts on the network before I have a bunch of links built to it, but again it just depends on what the timing is for you. Always start off with your branded network guys for that because that's ground zero in my opinion, right? The tier 2 networks is great if you have the money or the time or the resources to build links to the tier 2 networks.

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Go ahead. I always start with just the tier 1 networks and see what kind of results I can get from that. I don't generally have my tier 2 networks like links built to them unless I need it. I always start with a branded network first, see what kind of results I can achieve. If I need addition power, then that's when I'll go back and have the links built to the second tier as well.

Protecting Yourself From SEO Clients Who Chose Not To Continue To Pay

“Number three, protecting yourself.” Guys, by the way just a reminder, we don't generally like people posting this many questions in one post guys. It's only because it's not fair to other people. We'll go ahead and run through these very quickly. “Protecting yourself from clients who chose not to continue to pay. I've read that this is unethical and some SEOs are against it.

I am not and would like a brief description of how to set it up. Let's say your client's domain is XYZbuilding.com. Is it easy as setting XYZbuilding.info and using a redirect plugin to point to their site? All links will be built to the .info. Do you use Pretty Links WordPress plugin to accomplish this? Which plugin do you prefer for redirects? Does this have any negative SEO consequences?” I don't think it's unethical at all. I really don't. I find there's nothing unethical about it. Because first of all if you're doing client work on their domain to begin with like for example citation building, content marketing to a syndication network, all of those links are going to be built directly to the client's domain.

In my opinion, they're getting all the stuff that they're paying for. What I like to do is set up my own redirect domain for all external links that I build. What I mean is separate and apart from citations, press releases and content marketing distributed via the syndication network. All third party or external links that I would be building I like to build through my own domain because it protects me guys. Here's the thing, again if you don't … If your client decides that they need you anymore because somebody from India called them and said that they can do the same thing for $99 a month, well, first of all, good luck. Second of all, let's say that they drop you for that. You can remove the redirects and now you have a domain that at least has some inherent authority.

It's got some links built to it. Why not? It's your work, right? it's your work. You're still providing them with what they paid for as far as building links direct to their domain through the other methods that I just mentioned. For all external link stuff that you've gone out and put your hard time, your effort into finding the link placements, purchasing them, whatever, getting the links, why not have it go through your domain? That's all. It's very, very simple and I don't think it's unethical at all. What I think is unethical is when a client decides that they don't need you anymore after you've got them ranked. That's what I think is unethical. That said, yeah, you can just use a redirect plugin. It's very, very simple.

You could do a htaccess. You could also setup … If you're comfortable. I don't. Typically I end up contacting the host if I need to do a bunch of stuff in htaccess or I'll contact one of my partners that's better with that stuff like Chris P. I leaned on him a couple weeks ago for some of that stuff as well. You can do it also in cPanel. The easiest way is just set up a WordPress site on your .info domain in this case and just do a one-to-one ratio. For every page on the money site, you make a similar page on your site. In fact, what I've done in the past is clone the client's site. Then install the clone on my domain and then set up a page by page redirect. You can do that with Simple 301 Redirects. That's the plugin name. Simple 301 Redirects.

They have a bulk 301 redirect add-on. It's just an extension or a plugin add-on that you can … It's free. You can add that on in WordPress. By the way when you do Simple 301 Redirects, just search for that in the plugin repository, it will come up right next to it from your WordPress dashboard I mean. It will come up right next to it. You can click on that and then you can use a spreadsheet which makes it super simple. All you have to do is … You can go to the site map of the money site and extract all the URLs from the money site, from the site map I mean, put them in column A and then put in column B all the … Excuse me, put them column B which would be your destination URL.

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Then in column A you would put the slugs from your .info domain. It's very, very simple to do. It's pretty self-explanatory. It sounds like you know enough that you probably don't need anymore explanation than that.

Marco: If I can add something to that.

Bradley: Please.

Marco: He's new, right? I can understand where he's reluctant in negotiations. He's not that skilled. As he goes into this, he's going to have to learn to try to control the YouTube Channel. Try to rank his own videos and add the client's phone number on the YouTube so that the phone rings through to the client, but the video is yours. This way if anything happens, you just swap out the phone number to the competitor, right? Control the channel if you can. Control the phone number because you need to check what's ringing through, what's being said, what's going on especially if you're doing lead gen. It all depends on how you end up negotiating the deal.

This is where you have to become skilled also as a salesman and try to leverage your power and what you can do so that you can maintain as much control as possible. You never want to give up control to the client completely because then you're at the client's mercy.

Bradley: Yeah. Here's the other thing guys, if you happen to use your own channels to rank other people's videos which is fine and I recommend doing that, don't … If somebody contacts you and says that they or whatever. You're out prospecting and a client has a video and they want you to rank it, tell them fine. You're going to rank it on your channel. You download the video and you upload it to your channel. Your networks, your syndication networks, all the link building, everything is going to benefit your channel. If the client boxed it out or you catch any resistance from that, then say, “Fine. I'll absolutely rank your video on your YouTube Channel, but it's going to cost this much more.” Have two pricing structures.

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One which should be your normal pricing structure for requiring the video to be ranked on your channel. That way all the SEO work you do benefits your channel, right? They still get the benefit of the traffic and the rankings. Most clients don't give a shit about that, about whether it's on their channel or not. All they want is the results that it can produce. Sometimes occasionally you will get somebody that will question why you want it on your channel. By the way the answer to that is because I have a channel that I have SEO to the hill that has a lot of inherent authority and I'm able to rank videos very, very quickly.

If I have to try to rank on your channel which has little or no SEO done to it, it's going to be an enormous amount of work relative to what I've already done. It's going to be a huge amount of work. Sure, Mr. Client, Mr. Business Owner, Mrs. Business Owner, whatever, I can still do it your channel, but it's going to cost triple or whatever it is that you decide. Make it to where once you spit that number at them, they freak out and say, “Oh, no. We'll just go with your channel. We'll go with option A.” That's the way you get around it. I've never had a client say or prospect say, “Okay, nevermind. We'll go somewhere else.” Never once has that ever happened to me.

Building Subdomains Or Use Silos To Optimize A Website Locally

It's an absolute requirement to be on my channel or else I'm going to charge them double or triple what I would charge normally. All right? Guys, man, this questions a lot Justin. I'm going to try to run through very, very quickly. I'm going to keep these very short. “Just acquired my first client. Would like to be able to expand his site surrounding in a town, cities. Should I accomplish this by building on subdomains like Masterclass teaches or would this be better to silo a city service post as he is just one brand name?” That's going to be up to you Justin. I prefer the subdomain method. It is more work because you have to set you separate WordPress sites for each. I prefer that method myself. You can do it on one site.

You can use just categories and pages and posts. Basically you can silo the site out and accomplish the same thing. The reason why I like to use subdomains though is because a lot of the times we black hat our dresses. We do stuff that's not inline with the terms of service. If one of my sites were to get penalized, it only will affect the one location, the subdomain that got penalized as opposed to if you do it on the root domain and something happens, then your entire site will be penalized. You end up losing the traffic from all of those various locations. Again just like I mentioned earlier to Martin, I try to mitigate my risk as much as possible. That's why I'm willing to put in the additional work and set up separate subdomains for each location.

Link Building For Lead Gen & Client Sites

Again it's up to you how much risk tolerance do you have. That was the word I was looking for. Tolerance. “Number five, what would you do differently with client sites first lead gen of properties as far as link building? You said that you were very aggressive with lead gen sites, so what would be some of the things you do differently?” Well, with lead gen sites because they're mine, I'm not as worried. I certainly don't want to catch penalties on my lead gen sites. Like I mentioned, I hate rework, but I am certainly more aggressive. I haven't done it in awhile now, but I used to use SAPE links all the time to my own lead gen sites.

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I would run them through a 301 redirect or to a 301 redirect and then to a buffer property like one of the syndication network properties or something like that. That's all I'm saying. I will do more external link building outside of the methods that we teach for safety which is pretty much all the methods we teach are generally for long-term effect and for safety reasons. A lot of the stuff that we don't teach because it's more risky and we don't want anybody coming back and saying, “Well, you told us to do this,” no. That's why we don't talk about that stuff that much other than in Mastermind and we disclaim right off the bat that this is stuff that could get you into trouble, right? With lead gen sites, I'll do a lot of the stuff that could get me into trouble.

I still try to reduce risk as much as possible. I just use additional third party link sources if that makes sense. I'm faster. As far as link velocity, I'll increase link velocity which means I'll build links faster, that kind of stuff. I'm just more aggressive with my lead gen properties because they're mine and because if it goes down, I can build another one very, very quickly, but I don't like rework so I try to prevent that from happening. Yes, the coolest guy in coal pepper. That's funny.

Indexing An Expired Domain

Jonathan says, “I set up an expired domain over a month ago and posted some articles from …” This question, I read through this already earlier. He's having indexing issues.

Jonathan, what I would recommend doing is first of all, you can do a few things like and I mentioned this before, but if you have a Twitter account that is active, tweeting … A genuine real Twitter account or if you know somebody that does, tweeting a link will bring the bots come crawling very, very quickly. That can sometimes help things to get indexed, as well as Google Drive files, right? Put a link a Drive file. Set it to public and a lot of times that will help it to index as well. Keep in mind because you already submitted it to the search console submit URL feature, that's … A lot of the times it just … Let me explain guys. The project I'm working on for the Masterclass case study which kind of like … That's an ongoing project for me now.

Anyways, the domain that I'm using caught a manual spam action penalty over a year ago because I was spamming the hell out of it with ATM lead gadget style … Mass page generators type sites. I caught a manual spam action penalty. Cherry Domain though. When I revived this project a few months ago which became the Masterclass case study that I've been working on for the last few months, I wanted to use that domain because it was an awesome, awesome domain. I went ahead and had a whole new site built. I actually hired a third party company to build the site and everything. It had original content and all that. Then I went back to search console and submitted a reconsideration request and I got it approved.

I got it accepted, but it took like four or five weeks before it indexed which was a pain in the ass. I just did the same things that I just mentioned to you. I submitted via URL, excuse me, the URL submitter search console. I submitted the site maps. I tweeted it. Obviously I was posting content and it has a syndication network around it so that helps a lot as well. I also had a Drive stack created and that usually helps. It took like I said I think it was four or five weeks before the first link indexed at all from the site. It was really, really slow to start indexing. I just checked it yesterday and I think there's 11 or 12 index links now.

If it's a site that just for whatever reason isn't indexing, you can do the things that I said and just be a little bit patient and see what happens. If it still hasn't indexed after doing some of the things that I just mentioned and just being patient and I know you said it's been two and a half weeks, then I'm not sure what you can do there except for replace the domain which kind of sucks I know. Any comments on that Marco? We only got like five minutes left and we got a lot of questions left.

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Marco: No. No. No. No. I totally agree. Let's just push on.

Bradley: All right. Cool. Another meme from Wayne. Van says, “Hey, Bradley. I have two questions I want to ask today. What is the name of the microphone you are using?” This one is the Blue Snowball. Blue Microphones. It's the Snowball. I love them. This is the second one I've had. The only problem is occasionally the connection in the back gets loose and when it does, it will create popping sounds while you're recording audio and it sucks especially if you don't know that it's doing that until after you've recorded a one hour video or have done a webinar and then you listen to the replay and it's popping and it's like, “Oh.” That's the only, only drawback, but I really do like the mics.

Driving Traffic To Your Affiliate Link Using Youtube Ads As Affiliate Link Is Prohibited To Use As Landing Page

“How do you drive traffic to your affiliate link using YouTube ads if an affiliate link is prohibited to use as a landing page?” Set up a bridge page. Set up your own landing page Van on your own domain. Put all the Google AdWords compliance stuff that you need like an about tab, contact information, privacy policy, disclaimer, terms of service. Put all those links on there. Primarily make sure that you have the business name, the contact information right on the landing page. You can do it small at the bottom. You want to set up your own landing page that you drive traffic to. From the landing page, you can send people to an affiliate offer, but you have to be careful about that too. You have to provide value on the landing page.

It can't just be literally like a landing page and a video and affiliate link. You might be able to get away with that. In fact, you can get away with that, but AdWords campaigns will be manually reviewed from time to time. If a reviewer determines that they don't like that, then they'll suspend your site down the road. It's happened to me many, many times now. My sites get suspended all the time in AdWords guys, but it's usually something very, very small. We had a question about this. I don't remember. One of our groups. We had a question about this recently. I always recommend just calling AdWords. Every time I get a site suspended that's the first thing I do. I just call AdWords up, AdWords support and I ask them.

Can you tell me what it is because they'll send you an email, but it's so vague as to what it is that … Most of the time it's so vague that you don't know what to do to fix it. I just call and I have somebody literally talk me through it over the phone and take a look at it. Most of the times it ends up getting sent up to the higher level. Then they end up reinstating the site or they'll send me more information. Sometimes even with screenshots and say, “This needs to be corrected blah blah blah,” and I'll correct it and then I'll resubmit it for reconsideration and I always end up getting them approved again. There's only one site, funny enough, BradleyBenner.com.

That's the only site that I have not been able to get unsuspended from AdWords yet and that's because I was doing like a lot of like just shitty affiliate offers on that which was for testing purposes which I shouldn't have done on my own domain, like my own name domain, but I did. Anyways, yes, set up a bridge page.

Optimizing Images In Instagram & Imgur

Next, Edward says, “Bradley, should I optimize input of properties? All photos that will go into Instagram and Imgur.” Imgur I would say yeah. Instagram I have no idea. I've never done a damn thing on Instagram, Edward, so I really don't know if that makes any difference at all or not.

Essentially for optimizing you mean adding metadata and stuff like that? Typically if I'm going to be uploading image files to anywhere, I optimize the metadata. Any comments on that guys? Yeah, Adam, I saw the warning.

Marco: No, let's move on.

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Bradley: Tom says, “Hey, guys. Since there is no way to add info to the video and reupload it without changing the URL, do you suggest not ever adding a phone number directly in the video?” Tom, I recommend using a virtual phone number. I know you mentioned that that you weren't ready to do that yet, but I recommend that you do because you keep 100% control that way. Okay Adam, I see your message. However, what you could do is you could use an annotation in the video itself. That's what I would do. Honestly, I always just set up my own virtual phone number. It's only a couple bucks a month guys.

If you put in the work to rank a video and it's got a client's phone number on it and Marco said earlier the client decides that they don't want to pay you anymore, you can go in and … You're not able to swap the number if it's actually in the video itself. I'm not talking about the title or the description. You can swap that out. I'm talking about if the video is displayed in … Excuse me. The phone number is displayed in the actual video itself, right? By the way guys if that happens, if you have a phone number in a video and all of a sudden you lose that client or whatever, don't delete the video. Turn it to unlisted.

Because if you've already done a bunch of SEO work to it, you've got juice flowing into the video. If you delete that video, you just literally cut it off just like that. It's gone. All that work that you've done will not benefit your channel at all anymore because that video's no more. It's nonexistent. Don't every delete the video. Just turn it to unlisted. It will fall out of Google's index immediately and you'll still benefit from all the inbound link juice that's flowing through that video that flows back up through your silo if you're using playlist which you should be and to your channel. Anyways, that's it. If you use a virtual phone number, then all you got to do is redirect where the phone number goes. That's what I recommend.

Last part of it is you can use annotations and remembers there's end screens now and all that. You can go in and add an annotation and swap out numbers in the annotation because that's just text that you input. You can also change the end screen, edit the end screen and cards too. You can use cards too. We have to wrap up guys. I got to get ready for Masterclass in less than five minutes. Adam said that somebody was asking … I guess is it Jeff? Something about SERP Space. Guys, if there's problems with SERP Space or anything, just go to SERP Space support. Click on support in there. That's all we can do guys. They're two separate support entities. You have to go through SERP Space support for SERP Space questions or help.

Guys, thanks for being here. Sorry we couldn't get to all the questions. It was a lot. Next week we will … Tell me when you guys can hear me again. Can you guys hear me now? Hello?

Marco: Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup.

Bradley: Okay. All right. Guys, just please do me a favor, next week try not to post five questions in one post because that makes it very, very difficult for us to get to other people's questions. It's okay to post more than one question, but just break them up a little bit please. Thanks for everybody being here. We'll be seeing you in Masterclass in a few minutes if you're part of that. If not, you should be. See you all later. Thanks.

Marco: Bye everyone.

Chris: Bye guys.

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Weekly SEO Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 107

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Click on the video above to watch Episode 107 of the Semantic Mastery Hump Day Hangouts.

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Announcement

Adam: Hey, everybody. Welcome to Hump Day Hangouts, Episode 107. The episode where my webcam doesn't work, and you get to watch my static face because I got here one minute before we started. I hope everybody is doing all right. Let's say hi to everybody. We’ll start with Chris. How's it going, man?

Chris: Doing good. How are you doing?

Adam: Busy busy busy. You know, pushing it up until Thanksgiving here in the US, but pretty happy. I can't complain.

Chris: Did we just get live now or was it my [inaudible 00:00:32] and Google Hangout again?

Adam: Say that again.

Chris: Did we just jump onto live right now or was it my [inaudible 00:00:39] in Google Hangouts?

Adam: We’re live. We’re totally live. Hernan, how's it going?

Hernan: Hey, guys. Hey, everyone. It’s really, really good to be here. I know I’m jumping a little bit ahead of myself right here, but I just wanted to say that I'm really, really thankful for working with you guys, since we will probably not be talking for Thanksgiving. I just wanted to say that it's been a blast, and you guys are not only my business partners, but you're also my friends. I just wanted to say that. I'm also really thankful for the people that are watching this hangout right now. Some of you guys have been since day one, so I really appreciate that. For all of you guys that are just jumping in and starting to be part of the Semantic Mastery family, welcome and thank you, guys, for being here. That's pretty much it. All I had to say.

Adam: All right. Well, hey man, thank you. Hey, everybody. You heard Hernan say that, so now he can't take it back. Marco, how's it going? How's the weather?

Marco: Hey, man. It’s raining. It's been really cold. It was 65 last night.

Bradley: You bastard.

Adam: The horror.

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Marco: It was freezing cold. Yeah, the horror. 65, my God. Anyway Happy Thanksgiving to all of those who celebrate it. Have a great weekend. Be safe. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Costa Rica, but I'll be thinking of you guys while I’m watching the football game.

Adam: Outstanding, yeah. I'll be doing some of that on Friday. Bradley, how's it going?

Bradley: Good man. I'm happy to be here. We've got lots of questions. Looking forward to tomorrow, and I am thankful for everybody as well. I'm not gonna get as mushy as Hernan did, though.

Hernan: Come on man. You can do it.

Bradley: Any announcements, Adam?

Adam: Yeah, definitely. We’ve got a few. Hopefully, you guys saw the emails. We’re giving away some cool gear. We got some hats that we had made for ourselves. We've got some extras. We really want to give them away to you guys. We're also … Well, I'm not going to totally reveal it, but you'll be able to see some stuff starting Friday. We're going to be giving away some additional gear. We got some t-shirts. We've got some coffee mugs. We maybe have some sweatshirts. I'm going to drop that link in a second, so please go. All you've got to do is sign up, share it, increase the odds of winning. We're going to be giving away several prizes. It's just kind of a fun contest, you guys. Then you can use that link, too, to find out more about Black Friday sales. We'll be sending out some emails.

In addition to the awesome Black Friday sale we're going to be having, today if we can get him Justin [inaudible 00:03:19] is going to be here. We're having some issues getting him on board into the Hangout, but if he shows up, we're going to talk to him. We've been talking about that this week with his video ads crash course which is a really cool course on YouTube ads. If he shows up, we’ll talk about that with him, and he can kind of clue us in a little bit more. If not, I know I've been through at least part of the course, but I haven't been through the updated one. We can talk to you guys a little bit about that if you have questions. All right, anybody else got anything?

Bradley: I don't have anything.

Adam: All right, let's do this.

Bradley: Okay. All right, excuse me. Let me grab the screen, and we'll get right into it. Make sure I’m coming through okay. You guys are seeing me all right?

Adam: Looking good. [crosstalk 00:04:08]

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Telling Google To Use Only The Http Version Of A Site 

Bradley: All right, we'll start right at the bottom and work our way up. Michael Franks: He says, “Happy Thanksgiving. I really need your help on finalizing my website preferred format and search console. I'm a bit desperate and confused. If you would be so kind, I could use some specific steps you would do to get this done. Here are the things that are confusing me: As you suggested, I now have both HTTP and HTTPS versions of my sight verified in search console. Question one is this: Where or how exactly do I tell Google to use only the HTTP version? You don't, Michael. You don't tell Google that. You verify both of them in search console, but you don't tell Google to use one of the other. You can tell Google to use either the www dot or the root domain version of your site. You can specify that under the site settings option within search console, but you can't tell Google only display HTTPS or HTTP.

That is handled through WordPress or .htaccess, but you can do it right through WordPress. That's by setting up the proper redirects within WordPress. There are plugins that do that, Michael. I think this is the third week you've asked about this, and I hope that you've been doing other stuff other than just working on this for three weeks. When I first started trying to switch stuff over HTTPS, I got an ice cream headache very quickly attempting this stuff on my own. I jumped over to UpWork, found somebody that could do it for me, and I hired them. I had them do everything for me, and guess what. I didn't have a headache anymore. I paid a little bit of money. Got it done, and it worked perfectly.

Again, it's not something I recommend that any of you do unless you're proficient at it, because you're probably better off spending your time working on something more productive. That said, Michael, I did a search earlier on just plugins for Google. All I did … Just look, I’m on page one. I just searched for HTTPS plugins for WordPress and here's ten of them basically. You can go through here and just find one, and try that and set it up that way on your own. If it gives you any trouble …

Again, I don't even mess with this anymore. I just go straight to UpWork and hire it out, which is what I recommend that you do. I don't know how much time you spent on it, but again, I know you've asked about it for several weeks in a row. I can only imagine that this has been a bit of a headache for you. The quickest way to resolve that is get an expert to do it for you. You know what I mean? That said, I'm not going to try to answer all these questions because quite honestly, I don't even know to answer all of them. I just hire it out. Okay?

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Question two is: Where or how do I even access the HTTP version of my site? Again, it's done in WordPress. A plugin can do that for you. If the plugin still gives you a hard time, hire it out. If I can’t access the HTTPS version of my site, do you suggest to put canonical links? No, I'm not going to suggest any of that. I'd suggest that you get the HTTPS version of your site working correctly, which is what you'll do once you get either a plugin installed and working correctly, or you get somebody that knows what the hell they're doing to do it for you, if that makes sense.

The next one is: After this, should I have my service post stop the HTTPS entirely? No, why would you do that? If you have the site settings correct, then regardless of whether somebody tries to visit the HTTP or the HTTPS version of the URL, either way it will resolve to the final location, the proper correct location. That's how it should be set up. Again, this can be done via WordPress or it can be done in .htaccess. Again, you can do it through WordPress and you can hire that out. It's very simple to do. It's very simple to hire it out is what I'm saying. I don't know how simple it is to do because I don't do it.

Lastly: If needed, do you have a suggestion for a developer who could get this done fast for me? Okay, so let me jump over to UpWork. I want you to see something here. I'm in UpWork now, and all I did was just go right up here to find freelancers and hit SSL and hit “L” enter. Now what this is going to do is it's going to return results that have SSL and they're headline or whatever. If you scroll through here, you'll see. Here's somebody from the Ukraine for $20 an hour, WordPress expert, migrations, SL, malware removal. For $20 an hour and you're talking about one site, you could probably at post … You have to post a job in UpWork first, but you can select when you're setting up the job posting that you only want to personally invite people to apply for the job. In other words, you don't post the job out there where you’ll get 100 different responses from it so that's a public job posting. You post a job and then select in the settings that you only want to personally invite people to bid on the job.

Then you can go contact these members that you hand select right here and say … Look. Here’s somebody from India for $10 an hour. All I would do is look for somebody with a high job success rating, then I would invite them to the job that you just created and say, “Look, I'll give you $25 if you fix this for me.” Three weeks could have been resolved that simply just by going to UpWork. That is my point. Here is the guy that I've used to do this. I've used Andrew [dog dog 00:09:23] for … I don't know if I’m pronouncing that properly. I can post this URL on the event page here in just a second.

This is the guy that I've had do it for me in the past. He hasn't done any work for me in probably about a year or so just because I haven't been doing a lot of that kind of stuff. However, this is the dude that did it for me before. Although, I don't think he specifically states that he does SSL stuff. This is who I've used, but if you want to go with somebody that specifically states SSL which means they’re an expert in that field, then do that. All you got to do is look for the job success rating. Make sure that it's good and that they have at least some billed hours. Zero hours probably don't go with, but this person right here. 117 hours, $20 an hour, 100% job success. They have SSL right in their job title.

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I would definitely send a job or a bid request to her or just a flat-out job offer. I'll give you $25 if you go in to fix my site. This Tatiana, I guess her name is, she can probably have it done in about 15 minutes. Don't offer $20 an hour. Offer $25 just to get it done. You know what I mean? Just be happy that somebody can do it for you. Hopefully, that was helpful. Marko, did you want to comment on that at all? Wrong event page.

Marco: No, that's exactly on point. Stop wasting your time. Get somebody to do it and move on.

Bradley: That's right.

Marco: Because three weeks, that's just way too long. Besides you can screw things royally, and have Google looking at two versions of your website, duplicate content. You can get into a whole mess if you keep this the way it is. Just have someone fix it.

Bradley: All right, I just posted, Andrew. On there, you can tell them I sent you. Again, it's been probably a year since he's done anything for me, but he'll remember me for sure because I've used him for a lot of stuff over the years, or just hire somebody else. Again, you can ask several people to bid on the job or whatever, but since it's one website, Michael, literally just say that you're going to pay somebody $25 or something like that and just invite a couple of people. Somebody will take you up on it and do it for you.

Mark O'Connell says this: Hey, Mark. You got beat by Michael Franks today for first question. I guess we'll let you slide since it's a holiday week. Mark says this: [crosstalk 00:11:35] I'm sorry what?

Hernan: Come on, man. Get your stuff together.

Interlink The Homepage If You're Trying To Rank It For A Local Keyword

Bradley: You're slacking, Mark. He said this: Hey, guys. Hope all is well. I've got a quick question. If you're trying to rank a homepage for a local keyword, how much would you interlink that page? Meaning, would you link to the other relevant pages? Maybe a services paid for example, or would this bleed juice? If you were to link to the other pages, would you keep this to a minimum? Thanks.

Well, you've got to think, Mark. Remember your navigation menu. Your nav bar at the top of the site or wherever it is on your theme, typically it's at the top. Those are essentially links to all of your other pages or at least to the top level pages. The top of the silo if you've got your site siloed, including your about page, contact page, and all of that. Unless you remove the menu from your homepage, you've got links on your homepage to your other pages. No, you don't want to link to all of your pages. What you want to do is you want to link from the nav bar to your top level silo pages if your site is siloed, and I'm assuming that it is. Even a simple silo, that's fine. You would link to your top level pages which would also be categories.

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Then you would obviously link to about and contact which is typically what every site has. By the way, on the sites, you want to link your most important pages. Your menu should be to the left. You're least important pages to the right because the way that the bots crawl and will prioritize the links on the site. Typically, the logo is going to be … Which also acts as a homepage URL or homepage link on most sites or WordPress themes. That is typically going to be in the left top corner. You want to put your top level page URLs, the ones that mean the most to your site, closest to that, if that makes sense. Then work your way down to the right.

In other words, your about and contact pages. There's no reason for you to want to rank those, right? You would put those to the far right and also, in WordPress, if you go to your menu settings … Go to appearance menus, and then on your menu screen, if you go up to the top, there is a little drop down arrow. You click on the drop down arrow, and it will expand like widget options for that page. For that editing screen. From there, if you check on … What is it? I think it's XFN relationship or something like that. You know what I'm talking about. Son of a bitch. This person keeps calling me and it's driving me nuts.

Excuse me for a second, guys. It's like XFN or something like that. You'll see what I'm talking about. It's a check mark, and you can check that. When you do that, it will actually add a “no follow” field or an XFN text field in your menu options for each page that you add or each menu item. You can “no follow” tag to that. Once you do that, it will actually “no follow” the menu items. That's how you can … It's what do they call it? They used to call it “Page Rank Sculpting”. Although, now we don't measure page rank anymore, but it used to be called page rank sculpting. That way you could “no follow” the pages that are in your nav menu that aren't important to your site or that don't have any bearing on your SEO.

As far as linking, again, you don't want to remove nav links from your homepage just for SEO purposes because then what would your visitors do? You have to strike a balance between optimizing for the search engines and optimizing for the visitors. In my experience and especially in today's environment, I always err on the side of optimizing for the visitor as opposed to the search engines. You want to comment on that, Hernan?

Hernan: Yeah, I just wanted to say that I agree with you in terms of user experience. You know, Mark. The more you get the visitor engaged with your page, the better it will rank. The better signals it will send to Google. This applies for many pages, sidebar, footer, or whatever you are trying to do. In some cases, if you don't want to send juice back to privacy policy page or and FTC statement or even the content test, you can just put them on “no index to follow” or “no follow” the link plus “no index to follow”. That would prevent any kind of link juice passing. The 100% surefire way of preventing link juice from passing is to block that by .htaccess. However, you don't want to do that. I usually go for no follow links, and no index do follow pages. That is kind of the best way that I pull this off.

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Bradley: Very good. Let's see. Adam said Justin was going to jump in.

Adam: Yeah, Justin said he is logging in, so he'll be in here in a minute. Maybe we can take another question and-

Bradley: All right. Let's try to answer this one really quick. This is from Asi, I guess. I'm not sure if I am saying that correctly. Hi. How's it going? I have two questions. I have a YouTube channel with a tier one rank to it and three tiered two rings; Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress. Can I deal four tier one rings to the channel or is this too risky for the channel?

No, absolutely you can, Asi. For YouTube channels, you can stack as many networks or rings as you want onto a YouTube channel. As many tier ones and as many tier twos links. Literally, you could have ten tier ones connected to one YouTube channel. Each one of those tier ones could have three tier two rings, right? Literally, the sky is the limit. I've never gone more than past eight full tier two networks on any one channel because I was able to accomplish what I needed, so I didn't see the point of building it out any further. However, you can do that. You can build as many as you want. Just build as many as it takes to accomplish what it is that you're trying to accomplish, and then stop there. Yeah, you can add as many as you want.

4 Tier 1 Rings For A YouTube Channel

He says, “What's best. RSS feed syndication to tier one or YouTube embedded tier one?” It doesn't matter. If you're going to be stacking multiple networks, you're going to want to stack them directly to YouTube, not your blog. That's a footprint issue. I always recommend just using a single tier one ring for your main money site, your blog. However, for YouTube, you can stack as many as you want. If you're going to be stacking networks, then make sure that you're using YouTube as your trigger, not your blog. Okay?

Adding Adsense Codes To PBN Sites

The second part of this question is: If I do Google AdSense to my PBN from one Adsense account, to 15 blogs, will it look like footprint? I don't know. I don't do anything with Adsense, but that doesn't seem like something I'd want to do. Anybody here have any experience with Adsense [crosstalk 00:18:04].

Hernan: Yeah, I've heard of people using applications in their PBNs. I wouldn't know why you'd want to do that, Asi. You can fake everything on your AdSense account up until the bank details, and the bank details: They are a footprint in and of themselves, and you are feeding information on Google. I would stay out of that. If you want to monetize your PBNs for some reason, just do it with CPA for example, or with any other network not related to Google. You will get pennies on the dollars anyway. Even with a massive website, AdSense shouldn't be your main source of income. For your PBNs, you will get pennies on the dollar, so have that in mind. I wouldn't erase my PBNs. Usually, your PBNs being a far more great of an investment than the error wide that you could potentially have back from AdSense on those blogs. It doesn't make any sense.

Bradley: Just the last part of that was this: PS, IFTTT works in any language, and it's great. All of the websites in Israel got slapped in the past month besides my IFTTT. Yeah, I'm going to plus one that. That's awesome.

Hernan: Nice.

Video Crash Course Three

Bradley: That's awesome. All right, cool. Is Justin on? He is. Justin.

Justin Sardi: I am . I was muted out for a second.

Bradley: How are you doing, man?

Justin Sardi: How's it going, guys?

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Bradley: Good. It's been awhile since we've talked.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, for sure. Thanks for having me on today. Sorry, I showed up a little bit late. Our food delivery took forever to show up and I was starving.

Bradley: No worries. Adam kind of sprung this on me. I forgot that you were coming. I know you're in the middle of relaunching “Video Ads Crash Course” or is it under “Video Crash Course Three” now. Correct?

Justin Sardi: Basically, it rolled out a couple of months ago. The third version went really well. Then when the launch period closed, the price went back up. Just doing a quick little holiday price drop again.

Bradley: Yeah, and it's a great course. We promoted it, and we try to only promote stuff that we vouch for personally. I've said many, many times that I started my whole AdWords journey through YouTube ads learning from Justin and Zane Miller combined. The two of them. I can vouch for Justin's training. It's top notch and top quality. He is the AdWords for video expert. We just wanted to bring you on. Guys, if you have any questions specifically about AdWords for YouTube, post them now. I know there is a little bit of a delay, but we'd like to get a couple of questions in for Justin.

Adam: Yeah, definitely. In the meantime, Justin, if you don't mind giving people just kind of the overview. We've been telling them about it and several people have participated or joined in your previous ones, but as always, we get some people who aren't as familiar. If you don't mind taking a few minutes, and just kind of telling people about it.

Justin Sardi: Definitely.

Adam: Cool. [crosstalk 00:21:00]

Bradley: Yeah, just turn the camera off. It will save the bandwidth. We should be a let get your audio.

Justin Sardi: There we go.

Bradley: There we go.

Justin Sardi: Probably a lot better.

Bradley: Yeah, we can hear you now.

Justin Sardi: Cool. All right, sorry about that. Yeah, basically AdWords for video, YouTube ads is what it is. A bit of background. I used to do some video SEO stuff. I was never that great at it. I learned from you guys, though, and it's definitely made a pretty big difference using those things. Actually, Zane has been helping me out a little bit as well with one of our YouTube channels. That's all the stuff from you guys as well. It's been very beneficial. One of the things that I always struggled with the video SEO is, “All right. Now I have to wait.” Maybe I did it wrong or whatever. My video wasn't ranking, something like that. This was years ago.

I found this little tab and it said, “promote” in that little drop down menu when you're on YouTube. I was like, “I wonder what that does.” I clicked it and it took me to the thing to set up an add and all of the targeting. I was like, “Wait, this is pretty cool.” I kind of self taught myself. However, what I really liked about was that just basically you could post a video and five minutes later, you can have it showing up at the top of the YouTube search results just by using video discovery ads. The cool thing about these different types of these YouTube ads, is you only pay for them if somebody actually watches your video. You're not just paying for impressions of people that are never going to watch, you pay when somebody clicks on your video and actually watches it.

It was also very engaged traffic. Then I also found out that these are any of you, which was extremely cheap. I quickly dove into that, and really just have been figuring out different ways to use these types of video ads to do anything from sell digital products. We've been selling physical products with them recently. That's been going really well. I'm offering as a service to other businesses. Just all of that stuff that we've basically been going through and rocking it out.

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Bradley: Very cool, and I have a question. I haven't been through the most updated version of the course. Do you have anything in there about using YouTube ads for local?

Justin Sardi: Yeah, there's actually a whole bonus in there that's a module. It's about an hour-long training where I walk through … I used to pretty much focus on clients when I first started. Recently, I've [inaudible 00:23:36] offers and have started running traffic for those as well as started a few other businesses that were doing a lot of YouTube-based things with. Yeah, so that whole training: I basically walk everybody through prospecting. How to deliver the service. How to price it because that's a huge one. Just a quick little bit of backstory there: When I first started offering this as a service to clients, one of the clients was like, “Oh, we have a really low ad spend.” Basically, I ended up taking them on for pennies on the dollar, not realizing that even though they had a lower ad spend, it was going to cost me the same amount of time to get all of this set up for them.

I talked a little bit about that in the training on how to price it, why to price it that way, how to justify getting the price that you want to charge, actually. Then the whole delivery of the service, setting ads up for local businesses.

Bradley: Well, that's great because we've got a lot of people that do local, and we just launched Local Kingpin which was our AdWords course for the generation using AdWords. I've got us a module there for YouTube which still needs to be updated. Our course is a $500 course. For those of you who are interested in learning about how to use YouTube ads for local stuff, then Justin's course has a module in it. His previous process that he used for client work and I would take him at his word and say it's good. What I would say is that if you guys are interested in that, then right now is a good time to jump on it because it's really dirt cheap. It is so inexpensive. His course, but not only that, but that YouTube advertising is still very inexpensive right now. I'd jump on it while you can.

Adam: We do have a couple of [crosstalk 00:25:26] Oops, go ahead. Sorry, Justin.

Justin Sardi: Oh, yeah. I was just going to say that I've got a message from one of the students that went through that the other day, and he was just like, “Holy crap, man. You way over delivered on that one. That was worth it. That one bonus that you had in there was worth the $27 that Video Ads Crash Course is right now.”

Adam: Yes. Well, this will make you happy then. We got a comment on the page that says, “Justin [inaudible 00:25:48] is an excellent teacher and it is a very good course.” Yeah, let's see. We do have a question. I think this is probably a pretty common one form Kyle, Justin. He's just asking, “How much money do you need to get started with YouTube AdWords?” That's basically the question. It's just kind of like what's the starting point for somebody.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, for sure. The cool thing about getting started with this is that AdWords is actually offering $100 free advertising credit for any advertiser that starts running video ads, so you [inaudible 00:26:28] dollars of your own money or your client's money, and you get a bonus of [inaudible 00:26:34] dollars.

Bradley: Uh oh, you're dropping.

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Justin Sardi: Oh, sorry about that. Let me close Skype a little bit, too.

Bradley: Yeah, we lost you. Yeah, it's coming through now.

Justin Sardi: Cool, sorry. I don't know what's up with my internet. They're supposed to send a technician out. It's just been killing me today.

Bradley: The damn cable company.

Justin Sardi: Right. They've got a monopoly on it. Where did you lose me at?

Bradley: I'm sorry, pennies on the dollar, I think.

Adam: Yeah, we got the part with the getting the credit from Google.

Bradley: Getting the ad credit from Google.

Justin Sardi: Okay, cool. They give you the $100. You've got your $25 put in, so that's $125. If you paying a penny a view, that's like 12,500 views, right? I think so, if my math is right. That's a lot of views you can get to your video. Those aren't just views. Those are targeted views as well. That's probably plenty to get started with right there just to kind of test the waters, get your feet wet, and start learning some stuff. Once you get the hang of it, the profit comes pretty easily as well.

Bradley: Yeah, that's what … Here, let me grab the screen for second, guys. Take a look at this real quick. All you've got to do is to get started is go to Google and search for Google AdWords coupon. You do that and then right here, click on that link. The first link, and you get $75 in free ad credit when you spend $25. If you spend $25 to get started and it gives you $100 … There are other coupons, too. I'm just saying you can go to Google and get these coupons. It's only good for a brand new account, but you can do that. You can just go here and do that and get started that way. Honestly, it's worth getting started and using your own money for some test campaigns and stuff. In my opinion, you get a hell of a lot better a lot quicker when you're using your own money, if that makes sense.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, for sure.

Adam: Good deal. I think that's it for questions. We'll give everybody here last call on the questions, and then we'll let Justin get back to it. I'm sure he's busy.

Bradley: Yeah, and Justin, we appreciate you coming on and talking a little bit about it. We certainly wanted to bring you on because it is definitely a good product. We want to make sure that everybody was aware of it.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, for sure. Thanks for you guys' support. You guys always have some of the best … Everybody coming into my program from you guys is usually pretty knowledgeable about YouTube which helps out tremendously.

Bradley: Make it easier on you.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, they actually get it so that's really cool.

Bradley: Well, thanks, Justin. We appreciate you coming on, man.

Justin Sardi: Yeah, for sure. Thanks for having me. Sorry about the internet issue. Like I said, it's been …

Bradley: No worries.

Adam: No worries. It happens to everybody.

Justin Sardi: All right. Have a good one, guys.

Adam: See you.

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Bradley: All right, guys. We're going to jump back into questions. I know we're about halfway through. Seriously, if you guys are interested at all, even maybe if you're not interested at the moment in doing YouTube ads, but you think at some point in the future you would. Typically, I don't tell people to buy stuff that they might use in the future because that can be a waste of money if you never use it, but for $27 or whatever the special price is right now, $27.37 or whatever it is, it is totally worth it.

Adam: Yeah, and it's going up I think to $97 tonight or tomorrow morning, but I think the today is the last day of the sale. If you feel like diving into YouTube ads, that would be a great time.

Maps Powerhouse & RYS Ninja iFrame For Locations Outside The US

Bradley: Yep. Okay, Ivan is up. He says, “Hey, guys. How it is going. First, let me say thanks for all the stuff you share. For me, every day can be a hump day.” That's awesome. “Okay, my questions are about Maps Powerhouse. I understand that you embed maps in different places. I don't live in the US. Do you embed the maps just in US properties? Does it matter where? Web to social profiles, websites the maps are embedded on. Do they have the same effect?” I'll let Marco answer that.

Marco: Yes, they work. Our UK people are doing fine. I know our people in Australia are doing fine. People in other languages (we just saw the guy from Israel) was saying how everything stood up with IFTTT. It is basically the same concept. It's just getting your map embed out there in as many properties as possible so you get credit back to the source map. That's the entire idea. Just getting as many embeds as possible. Same thing with YouTube videos. That's what we're doing. Does it matter where? Yeah, we usually go for [inaudible 00:31:27] and social medial platforms that accept iFrames. Some of them won't. Some of them will not take the embed. That's what we look for, and then we power up our own. We add our own flavor. We had our [crosstalk 00:31:42]. That's especially right. Keeping that theme. Keeping that subject right so that Google sees that everything … It's a silo is actually what it is. The website, right? It's one huge silo of theme content which makes it even more powerful.

Bradley: Essentially, they are embedded on sites with relevant, at least somewhat relevant content. Okay.

Marco: The only thing that we will not do … Sorry for interrupting, but it's foreign language. We are not accepting foreign language as far as I know. Correct me if I'm wrong, Adam, but I think the last discussion that we had on language was English only.

Adam: Correct, and if there was a large demand for it, we would certainly listen to people and consider creating networks for that. However, at this point in time the major demand is for English.

Bradley: Yeah, so it says, “I heard Marco in the Panama Episode saying that Java Script is very important now and will be in the future.” That is correct. “When you embed the maps, do you place the Super Ninja iFrame that we see in one of the videos of RYS?”

Marco: What goes on in RYS stays in RYS.

Bradley: I know, but I think what he is asking is in the maps powerhouse, when we do the syndication of the maps.

Marco: When we do maps in the … We're not doing Java Script yet. We are going to try it. We are going to test the iFrames Script for Java for both maps and video, so that we're not always doing HTML. Obviously, that's creating a footprint, right? When you embed only in HTML. We're going to try just for variety, right? For variations so that Google doesn't see the same thing over and over again. Yeah, Java is being read by Google just like iFrame, a regular HTML iFrame script. We proved, by the way recently, that it does push through which was a big deal to me. Because we have been saying it, but to finally prove it was just awesome. There you go.

Finding SEO Clients

Bradley: Thank you. Brian is up. “Hi Semantic Mastery team. I have a question about client acquisition. Currently, I'm using Craig's List and spam email to generate leads. Unfortunately for me, I'm getting clients that can only afford $500 a month or less for fees. Obviously, I'm fishing in a bad pond. Where else can I go fishing for new clients?” Yeah, Brian. That a tough, man, because people that typically frequent Craig's List are bargain hunters. That's what you're going to be getting a lot of is those types of people. That's unfortunate, because I know it's tough. What I've found, and I've said this many times in the last few months especially, is for prospecting and searching for clients is … The best way that I've ever found for generating clients was using video email. That is essentially …

There are a couple of things that you can do with video email. You can hand select. For example, you're saying, “Where else can I go for fishing for new clients.” Well, what I would recommend that you do, Brian, is zero in on a particular niche. An industry that you would like to provide marketing services for. Something that you have an interest in. Then you can become an expert in that one particular area and you can target specifically only those types of companies, right? Let's just say if there were roofers or plumbers or something like that. You could target specifically just roofers. Then you get so much better at, first of all, prospecting because you learn. It takes a little bit of trial and error, but you learn the language and you learn the vocabulary of those people in that industry.

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In this example, roofers. Right? You understand their vocabulary. You know how to talk to them. You can usually start closing more of your pitches. In other words, you can usually successfully land clients more often once you've worked on your pitch and really gotten that down. Trying to pitch to multiple different types of businesses is different because you have to always restart that process of learning about that industry. In my opinion, if I had to do it and start all over again from the beginning, I would have zeroed in on one specific niche and only worked on that one niche and become a big fish in a small pond instead of a small fish in a big pond. As far as actually prospecting for those clients and for those leads, once you have zeroed in on that particular industry, then you can start doing things like what I use. I use video email which worked incredibly well for me.

Essentially, what I would do is just go look for roofing clients in areas that might … Especially, one thing you can do is cross reference. Look at AdWords. Look at people that are advertising so that they are in the four ads above the maps pack or even the three ads at the bottom of the page. Look at the advertisers and then look at the organic search results, the map search results, and look for people that are advertising that are not listed in the first page of the organic results or the maps results. You might find their organic listing on page two or page three of the search results. Now you know they've got money to spend because they are advertising. They are paying Google AdWords. You know they understand the importance of marketing, but they apparently never got SEO done well, so that's why they are spending money on AdWords.

Just because somebody spends money on AdWords, doesn't mean that they don't also have a budget for SEO. Those would be people that you could contact because you already know that they are spending money. They are advertising on AdWords. Now you have an industry that you're specifically targeting. You're now targeting people that you know have an advertising budget, and their SEO isn't working that well or they're not doing any SEO at all. You can analyze their sight very quickly on a video with screencast video with you narrating how they could get better results. You don't ever criticize their site and say, “This is what you're doing wrong.” You never do that. You always say during the video, “Hey, I took a look at your site, and I think the site looks good. There's a couple of things that I might suggest that might improve it, and this is how we can help to get better rankings and generate leads.”

Keep the video short. Five to ten minutes. Just very quickly analyze and give them some pointers as to things that could be done to improve it. Then send that email out with the link to the video to the actual prospect. There are was … You can use lead scrapers and stuff like that to generate the emails, but what I do is hire a virtual assistant who goes and manually locates the contact data details for business that I want to prospect. Because a manual approach is so much better than using an automated approach when you're laser targeting and specifically targeting. If you're doing mass scrapping, then using software is great.

However, when you have a specific target, then I always have a VA that can do all the digging necessary to get the contact details so that when I send the video email out, there is about an 80% chance of it getting through to the owner or to the decision maker. Then out of that … Out of every ten, guys, it was like clockwork. Out of every ten prospecting emails I sent out that were video emails, I would end up getting three responses. Out of those three responses, I would close one or two of them. Every single time. I might take me a day or two to actually prepare ten video emails to go out, but once I got them out, I would always end up with at least three replies, three responses, and I would end up having a conversation with the three and I would close one or sometimes even two of those three. That's how I literally started my SEO agency was that exact same model. Hopefully, that was helpful. Does anybody else want to comment on that?

Marco: Yes, I have just a quick comment. LinkedIn Pro Finder: You could do the exact same thing and lead people to a VSL, but you're actually getting more leads inside LinkedIn. These are people who are looking for your specific skills, whatever they are inside there. It's just bidding, getting the right bid in for whatever it is that's required. I joined it just to see whether it works. I keep getting … I don't know. 20 to 30 leads a month just from LinkedIn, just from having them come into my mailbox. That's something to take a look at, guys, if you're looking for clients.

Hernan: Nice, yeah. Now real quick. My method. Right now, Brian, you have Google. You have LinkedIn, and then I would suggest that you also become to helpful, and I think I mentioned this, become helpful on Facebook groups and also on forums like discussion boards or discussion forums. If you are helpful there, you will get a ton of introductions to people. Maybe if you are helpful in marketing groups, and you become and expert in that group, a ton of people can refer you business. That's number one, and if you become and SEO expert or marketing expert in a specific forum like, I don't know, Dentists forums or tree serves, roofers forum. Those guys are actually trying to … Of course you won't be teaching them how to fix your roof, how to repair a roof, but rather, you will be teaching them how to grow their Google Plus presence. That alone can bring you a ton of business. There you have like three different approaches that are way better than Craig's List in my opinion.

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Bradley: Yeah, way better. I just posted this link, guys. If you want, this is a free training program. It is a PDF and a training course that I put together with two other partners and a business from several years ago when I first started using video mail. After I kind of perfected the system, I created a little training program. It's free. I just posted the link. If you want it, go sign up for it and it will be delivered to you once you sign up, okay? I'm going to spam you to death. No, I'm kidding. Honestly, it's a great little program. It still applies today. There are plenty of tools now. I did everything manually because there weren't a whole lot of tools for video email back then like in 2012 when I was doing that all the time. Now, there are tools and stuff like that where you can actually great gifts out of a YouTube video and insert them directly into the email so that when people get the email, it looks like a video is playing in their email. When they click it, it opens up the YouTube video. That kind of stuff.

There's tools out there that will do that. You can use email tracking systems, so that you know who is opening your email, how long they are engaged with your email, whether they have clicked on any of the links in your email or forwarded it to anybody. I use pointofmail.com whenever I'm doing prospecting. Yes … What is it? Yesware or something like that which is a Chrome map that you can install that works with Gmail. There are a whole lot of things like that that you can do, but again, email is a great way. Like Hernan said, just going into LinkedIn groups and groups in Facebook, and especially groups that are niche specific. Once you've chosen an industry that you want to work in, and go in there and just comment and be helpful and that kind of stuff, and you'll start generating leads for marketing services there, too.

Video Powerhouse

Good question. Jenny is up. She said, “I've heard you guys talking about Video PowerHouse before. Is this something just for ranking videos or what else can I use it for? You guys are great. Thanks for all of your hard work.” Well, there is Video PowerHouse, but then there is also Maps PowerHouse and we were just talking about that earlier. Adam, do you want to comment?

Adam: No, because I'm busy typing. Sorry. I'm taking notes on this stuff. No, Video PowerHouse is more than just video powerhouse. If you haven't been over to Search Base, first of all, you can go to searchbase.com and get a free account over there. However, Video PowerHouse is definitely something you can use for powering up videos, your channel, play lists. I'm definitely going to hand this off to Marko in a second, but there is also at the Maps as well. The details of which I will let Marco talk about, but yeah. You can post more than videos. Then as far as what you can do it for, you can do so much more because it's not like you just power up a video and that's it.

Bradley: Yeah, and that was what I was going to mention was also, because we are like a credit-based system now, I don't know if every has gone credit-based 100% yet, but it's going that way. If you purchase credits from within a certain space, they can be used for other done-for-you services as well. Again, I know it hasn't rolled out across all of the services available, but we're working on that so that it's going to be available shortly. Purchasing credits can be used for both Video PowerHouse and Maps PowerHouse as well as ordering other services.

Adam: Yeah, definitely. Marco or anybody else, if you want to chime in. I mean as far as describing it, I think it's easiest for people to go, log in, and start asking some questions or just try it out. It used to be subscription based only, and now you can go in and do one on purchases, get some credits, and test things out.

Marco: That's what I always recommend. Go test. You should be testing constantly anyways in SEO. If you're not testing, then you shouldn't really call yourself and an SEO. You could purchase all of our done-for-you services without being an SEO. Does that make sense? To truly call yourself an SEO, someone that really knows what search engine optimization is all about, you should be testing constantly to know what is working, what isn't, and to know why. Especially, we see all the fluctuations and everything that just happened in YouTube last week. You need to be up on all of that or just hire us. It's that simple, right?

Bradley: Yeah.

Adam: Sounds good.

Hernan: I wanted to say real quick that, yeah. I agree with Marko with all of the … I think Ganti mentioned at some point that a lot of YouTube blogs, spammers, were having a hard time with YouTube now. Which is expected. Things will equalize a t some point, and every three traffic courses will become a pay-to-play place at some point. We want you guys to be ahead of the curve. That is why we're launching courses about paid adverting and what not, but my point is that with Video PowerHouse, when you are doing SEO for your videos or you want to get more views to get more exposure, to get more subscribers. If you're doing videos for clients, whether you are trying to rank them on Google or not, Video Powerhouse will definitely help you out. We are pushing relevance and we are pushing traffic back into the video. We are building the accounts in a way that they are relevant to your niche.

There is a ton of proof that IFTTT networks will not only bring you high quality back links, but also traffic and [inaudible 00:47:02] and actual traffic from actual people. If that is something that you want to do, if you have a video production company or your diving hard into video marketing, not only in video SEO but video marketing overall, Video PowerHouse can also help you in getting the word out there. Getting more subscribers, getting more people onto your list, etc. I think we guys are mostly and SEO-based community, but the way that Video PowerHouse is being built is that it goes beyond that in the sense that it will help you rank in your videos, but it will also help you in getting more reviews, clicks, etc. These in turn will help you rank higher. It's kind of a win/win situation.

Instream Video Ad Without Spending Much

Bradley: Cool, thanks guys. John is up. He says, “What is the best way to get an instream video ad created without braking the bank. Presumably, a 30 second scripted video is not the best way to go.” Well, it depends, John. It can be. The thing about instream videos is that you need to have your call to action very quickly in the beginning because it's short and people will typically in five seconds click the skip this add button. You need to be really abrupt, upfront with why they should stay for 15, 20, 30 seconds and watch your ad or click on the link in the lower left corner or whatever.

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Again, a 30 second scripted video would work, but you'd have to script it out correctly. It would be up to you to do the scripting for that for it to be done right. What we use is Vero. Vero was a service. It was like an online app that you could use to create instream ads, and they also have targeting tools in there and list building tools and all of that. Personally, I like Justin Sardi's Tube Sift program better for my targeting. I use that for building placement lists and stuff like that, but for creating the instream ads, I like to use Vito because Vito I can use different types of templates like instream ad templates. Then just customize the templates with my own add copy, my own ad text, and calls to action and that sort of thing. It produces the video in about 15 or 20 minutes once you're done. It only takes a couple of minutes to set it up.

The hardest part about setting up a video inside a V-roll is writing the ad copy. You get five lines of text, and that's where I always slow way down because I've got to think about my ad copy. They're short little lines. You only get like 40 characters or whatever per line in this five lines of text. You've got to be very syntactic with your ad copy. Once you've produced the video or clicked submit, it will render the video for you in about 15 or 20 minutes, and then you can upload it to your channel, and your off to the races.

If you start to get a lot of traction from a particular instream video, then I would recommend going out and spending some money on turning that ad into more of like a better type of video. You know instream ad is supposed to be just the text type, because if you've got something that an offer that's converting that sort of thing, then you want to start split testing the ads themselves, and trying to get your conversions us. That is what I would suggest is starting off with with V-Roll. They have different subscription levels, guys. However, if you're going to be doing instream ad stuff, it's a great service for that. I've been using V-Roll for about two years now.

Old Gsites Or New GSites For Google Stacks

Okay, RK is up. Guys, we're out of time. We've got five minutes, so we're going to try to roll through a couple more. RK is up. RK says, “Marco, new Gsites or old Gsites for Google stacks?”

Marco: Both.

Adam: Both.

Chris: Plus one.

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Bradley: Don says, “Is the idea of a Google stack to do just one set for branding or do you do multiple stacks for different keywords?” Don it depends on what the needs of your project are. Marco, do you want to comment on that?

Marco: Both.

Bradley: Both. Okay.

Marco: I'm simplifying, but seriously. Do one that's branded. Don, I think you were in on the webinar that we did where we talked about navigational searches into the drive stack. We talked about that. If you weren't there, you should have been there. Then you can do multiple stacks for different keywords, except you can't do them in the same drive folder. Google does not like that. They will throttle it. You can't run it. You won't be able to do anything, so when you do that, think of Silo where each new drive stack and each new persona will do a set of keywords under that same silo if that makes sense. Then you can just daisy chain everything where relevance will carry through. They're employees of the company and they can all talk about the different sectors of the company. That's how I would approach this, but definitely both.

Bradley: All right, I'm going to try to get through these next three quickly. These three posts. Then we're going to wrap it up, buys. By the way, the IFTTT SEO Academy Update webinar number seven is coming up in about eight minutes. For those of you that are in IFTTT SEO, if you don't know how to get to the events page, go to the Facebook group. Click on the events tab, and the link for the Google event is in that events tab in Facebook. Just click on that, and you can join the webinar. Again, that starts in about seven or eight minutes.

Improving Quality Score In Adwords

Okay, Scott says, “I'm working with a client's AdWords account, and I think it was very low quality score since the office manager used to run the account. Any tips to improve this as I am having a hard time getting any impressions. I've completely optimized the ad landing page, and I've outbid the max bid by two dollars, and still no impressions.” Okay, Scott. My first assumption there would be that if the quality score of the overall account. The overall account quality score was low because it was managed poorly for an extended period of time is that it could be, again, I'm not 100% sure on this, but from some of the stuff that I've been reading is that the account has been deprecated.

In other words, it's almost like it's been demoted, and I'm not sure how to bring that back other than having some successful ads with some higher quality scores and over time, it will pull it back up. However, if you're not getting impressions to begin with at all … One thing I'm testing right now for improving ad quality score is adding content to landing pages. In Local Kingpin, some of the landing pages were very, very simple. I've been doing a lot of studying and reading and testing over the last few weeks, and I'm seeing some better results with adding additional content to the landing pages. Obviously, that is something you might want to look into. I'm assuming that you've already tried that, Scott, but in case you haven't, maybe adding some relevant keyword relevant content to the landing pages which should bring your ad quality score up a little bit.

Other than that, I don't know what else to tell you other than to try and possibly set up another AdWords account under a different persona or something, and set up the same … I know it's a pain in the ass, but it would require all of that set up, but setting up some ads underneath the new account to see if you start getting impressions immediately. That would prove to you that they other account has just been basically sandboxed if that makes sense. Not I don't know if that is the case, I'm just saying that would be through the process of elimination. That's what I would be doing is testing out a few different … That's what I do now with AdWords, guys. If something's not working, I just test other stuff. Just like SEO. Just test stuff. The only difference is that with AdWords is that I'm spending more money on testing. Does that make sense?

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It's the same things, guys. Just set up another account and do it through your own account. Set up an ad for the client through your own account just to see if you can get some impressions. You've proven that that one add account is bad. It's just a no good account. Then you can set up a brand new account for the client all over again, and that would solve your problem. Don't know if that's the problem, but that would be one way to test it. Oh, and Scott, remember. Bring this stuff up in Master Mind and Master Class. If you want to go big and do it a little bit deeper, because obviously, I can't get into it too much in Hump Day Hangouts.

Tracking Affiliate Link Program

All right, Chris is up really quick. He says, “On my affiliate side, I send customers to one company website that has no formal affiliate link program. He and I would like to find a method who I send to his site. He has asked me for a suggested way to inexpensively track this. Chris, on your website that you're sending traffic to this guy with no affiliate. Why don't you just use something like Pretty Link Light which is a plugin that you can download. It's free. If you want to upgrade to pro, which I recommend you do, it is like $37 or something like that for the pro version. It's called Pretty Link.

A plugin like that, you can use your affiliate link as a redirect link over to his site, and you can track all of your clicks. Track all of your traffic through that link. You can also do it without a plugin by using Google analytics and using what they call UTM. Link tracking and stuff, and you can do that within Analytics, too. There are multiple ways that you can track how much traffic you're sending to him without having to do anything expensive or elaborate.

Adam: Yeah, and I was going to say, too. If you sending them to a landing page and not just the homepage, depending on what his CRM is, you could have him duplicate the landing pages and send them somewhere unique that other traffic won't go.

Bradley: Yeah, and then you could put remarketing pixels and stuff on that page, too, by the way. Last thing. I just want to cover this very quickly because I know that we're out of time, but Wayne Clayton posted, “Almost two million views even outside my area, as seen with Local Tree-pros and USA health style. If you are not working to be a Google local guide, why not?” Wayne, as awesome. He is one of our MasterMind Members and he has got his Google local guides profile up to a level five. He's doing some really cool stuff because he is a Google local guide level five.

We've talked about this in the MasterMind , and probably in the Master Class a little bit, too guys. Go look into it. Right there is the link. I saw it on here somewhere for the local guides link. Right here. Greg Dreyburg posted, “The Google local guides benefits”. Guys, go click on that link. Get signed up. If you're doing any local stuff at all, you need to start building up your profile. Just every single day, try to add another review or comment or ad. Contribute to the local guides' program and over a six month's period, you'll get up to a level five or so. You've got to work at it. It takes time. There is a lot of work, but if you do it, you can get to a level five, and it unlocks a lot of benefits and gives your profile a lot of power as a local consultant.

Adam: I'm waiting for this course to come out.

Bradley: Yeah, I know. Him and I have a meeting next week or the week after. I can't remember to talk about it.

Adam: That's not what I was expecting.

Bradley: All right, guys. We'll see IFTTT SEO academy members in about two or three minutes. Everyone else, happy Thanksgiving. We'll see you guys next week.

Adam: Whew.

Hernan: Bye, bye.

Adam: Thanks guys.

Chris: Bye everyone.

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